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Eat and sleep in Strasbourg

Now it is time to write about my accomodation in Strasbourg and also to share my experience in some restaurants, the ones I really suggest you to go. As you now I like luxury but especially to have some unique and comfortable experiences. You already know how I check the hotels and as always I chosen the structure considering the location in the city and the services provided.

 

The hotel

The five star accomodation is located directly on the river in Petite France neighborhood close to the half-timbered houses and to the most characteristic restaurants of the city. It is the best position to start the visit of the city and to enjoy a lovely view of Strasbourg. The Régent Petite France Hotel offer a restaurant with a terrace from where admire a great panorama.

The ideal place to visit the city and the proximity with the shops and the attractions are not the only strenght of the structure. The building was built in XIX century and it was an ice factory, not the shape is the same, but there are modern elements and especially inside the setting is modern style, in the lobby as in the rooms. Elegance is anyway the main feature in every corner.

Inside there is a spa and a fitness center, but I did not have time to use them, I preferred to go around in the city. About the rooms I can underline the big space and a contemporary style of the furniture and of the décor. The bathroom are made with marble and the suite has a balconie from were to enjoy the view of the Petite France buildings. The modern equipment helps the comfort of the stay.

The restaurant of the hotel, Le Pont Tournant, offers the traditional cuisine in a light version, with an innovative touch. To accompain the meal there is the riverside terrace, a nice environment especially for dinner. The menu is seasonal made. The Champagne Bar is always ready to give drinks and some snack as steak tartare or club sandwich. Last but not least it is the breakfast, prepared as a big buffet with cold and hot dishes and a good variety of cheese, cold meat, toast, fruit and sweets recipes.

 

The restaurants

The first one that I want to mention is called Au Crocodile, the name is quite original, meanwhile the menu starts from the tradition with some innovative creation that offers delicious tastes obtained by selected local and seasonal ingredients. The elegance and the impeccable service are the elements that make the restaurant a must for who wants to have a unique gastronomic experience. In the desserts list there is a space dedicated to the cheeses, with a selection of Alsace and French best products. Oh, I forgot to mention that it has a Michelin star.

A bit hidden from the street, in a Petite France courtyard, the restaurant Perles de Saveurs proposes a setting made by artworks of some loal artists and it has a typical French menu. The tradition let the space to contemporary recipes, always connected to the country cuisine. The fish dishes are superb and in this case I suggest to taste the lemon cake (tarte au citron), in my opinion very delicious. Maybe you can skip the cheese.

A small restaurant managed by a wife and an husband represent a small Alsatian jewel. La Cuiller à Pot offers regional cuisine with traditional dishes prepared at the moment. The quality of the ingredients is very high and there are homemade specialties. Among the special dishes there are the escargots, but since I do not like them I can not express any opinion about them. Anyway the various choice is able to delight every person. If you like cheese, just ask to them and you will taste some of the most delicious products of the Alsace.

Not far from the cathedral there is the restaurant Le Clou, a bistro typical of France with an old but elegant and characteristic decor and furniture. The regional recipes are served with professionality and the ingredients used are coming from a quality selection of the local products. They have of course a good cheese to be tasted after the second course and it is a must since it is one of the strenght of the French cuisine. The staff is very kind and the prices are quite cheap compared to what is offered.

 

Bars

I can not recommend specific bars, but going around Petite France you can find squares full of places where to drink something in the evening and have fun. The city has a lot of offers for all tastes and you can find also various types of music and entertainment, also because Strasbourg is a tourist destination and headquarter of the European Parliament, so open to people from all around the world with different cultures and age. I suggest you to try to enter in more bars, so you can experiment the different atmospheres.

Safety

There are no specific tips regarding the safety, it is a well protected city, of course it is good to pay attention, but it is full of young people quite open minded but at the same time serious and friendly, as people in general are, because they are used to meet foreigners.

Just an episode that happened to me during one of my visits to Strasbourg. Close to the cathedral a small group of drunk guys were trying to approach people and disturb them. In less than one minut the police, by bike and by walk, came and surrounded the group. They checked those guys and took them away. The police was not standing in the square, but somehow they are always around and ready to act.

Of course it is the main part of the city, the heart of Strasbourg, but in a very discrete way the police is always present, so be careful if you want to be drunk 😀

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The pizza with…view

On the Lake Avigliana you can easily find places where to eat and drink in front of the lake, but the best position is occupied by a pizzeria. To be honest it is not properly the location, because it is perfect, but also other bars and restaurants are in a similar position. What is different is the terrace. They have one that it last over the walk and it is the best to see the water and to enjoy the panorama, also in the evening.

The name of the restaurant is Ristorante Lago Grande – Pub Bel Sugnè. It is infact also a pub. Outside there is a terrace with tables to eat in front of the lake. Inside the setting is very particular because there are different toys inspirated to comics of various dimensions. The smallest are in cabinets like in an exposition, the biggests are in the different rooms as guests.

As I mentioned the position is simply perfect, but also the pizza is very good. Well cooked and proposed in a large variety of versions. I did not try other recipes from the menu, but it is also a restaurant and this means that you can find pasta, fish, meat, desserts and so on. You can also just go there just to drink something during the day or during the evening.

The staff is kind, but when it is crowdy you need to wait a bit, even do the waiters try to do their best to satisfy the customers. The service is good especially for a pizzeria. There are other places around the lake, but this one has really the best terrace and quite chip prices. I went there with a client last Tuesday and I had a really positive feedback.

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A luxury lunch on the lake

Last Sunday, after my work week in Jesolo, I decided to have rest and to go on my favorite lake: Maggiore. It is big, full of nice villages and towns all around and it has lovely islands in the middle. It has the capacity to make me feel very good all the times. After around 150 km. of driving from Turin, I arrived in Verbania from where I took a boat. My destination was Isola dei PescatoriFishermen’s Island ), a lovely place with around 60 inhabitants and few accommodations.

As the name suggests was in past the island where fishermen were living, but not, despite someone who is doing it, it is a piece of land in the middle of the lake where visitors can stay for a part of the day or for few days going around Lake Maggiore. Among the hotels, there is the Hotel Ristorante Verbano. It is quite famous because some important people slept there: orchestral director Arturo Toscanini, the writers Ernest Hemingway, George Bernard Shaw, and Alessandro Manzoni, the Emperor of Japan, members of the British royal family and the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.

I did not stay for the night, but I limited my experience, just because of a matter of time, to the delicious restaurant. On the menu, there is a good selection of recipes realized innovating the local tradition. The ingredients and the dishes coming from the towns around the lake are the bases of the proposed cuisine. The ability of the chef is to offer new taste and some experiments.

The main food is certainly the lake fish, served in different ways, also with pasta and rice as the first course. Anyway, that ingredient is not the only protagonist of the menu. In fact, there are many typical tastes of the surroundings. The great selection of wines is a good surprise and perfect to accompany the dishes. The waiters can always give some advice to support the guest choice.

I love rice, so I tried it and it was superb, cooked as we say in Italy ”al dente”. Then I had of course fish and a dessert that you can see in the picture. I have eaten it and it was really amazing. The food is important, but to make the meal a luxury one it is not enough. I noticed other elements there: a professional staff, kind and discrete, a very good presentation of the place and an elegant setting, not too pretentious.

I left at the end the aspect that it is visible immediately: the incomparable panorama on the lake. The guest is seated in the courtyard under the trees and in front of the water and of another small island. Even when there are many people the environment is peaceful, there is the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the meal and the company. I will return to Ristorante Verbano for sure.

After lunch, I had a walk around the island watching the old houses and the sunny lake. Then I had a trip back by boat and I went around by car and walking again in the town of Verbania, the capital of the province, and Stresa, a lovely tourist village with a small center full of good quality shops for clothes, food, antiques, and art. Stresa is as well know for music festivals.

I really had a great Sunday and I suggest you visit that area if you have the chance.

The cuisine of the lagoon

Jesolo is a very small town located few steps from Venice by boat and it offers a good location for many tourists who want to add to their visit to the city on the lagoon sometimes on the beach. For this reason, the place is full of hotels, restaurants, and services dedicated to the visitors, active mainly during summer time. It is possible to eat almost everything, especially pizza and fish, the leitmotiv of many of the local restaurants, but there are also some elegant places where to taste high-quality food.

The food is a need for our body, but it is also a pleasure, that is why I generally search for a restaurant where to taste something typical and special, served by a professional and kind staff and consumed in a smart and original setting. Otherwise, I can just cook some pasta at home and that is it. Traveling for me it is always the chance to discover the culture in a deep way and cuisine is, of course, a part of it.

In Italy, food is quite popular, but there are not only pasta and pizza. In Jesolo, on the Venice lagoon, in town center few steps from the sea, there is a place that reminds a French bistro with brick walls and lovely objects disseminated as to underline the elegance of the dining room. The modern furniture well spread around the restaurant gives a precise style.

The menu offers dishes coming from the local traditional cuisine proposed with great quality ingredients and accompanied by homemade bread. There are cold and hot appetizers and different recipes for the first and the main courses. Also, the list of desserts leaves the embarrassment of choice. Also, the wine cellar is well stocked with a big selection of wines.

If you like fresh fish this restaurant is highly recommended, especially because it is not too elaborate. Do you want to know the name of the place? It is called Ristorante da Omar and you find it in Via Dante Alighieri 21, in Lido di Jesolo, it is in the main street of the center. It is a good choice also for the tourists who are searching for something different from the most famous Italian recipes.

Gucci Osteria in Florence: 1 superb meal to delight you

The fashion luxury brand Gucci opened in 2018 a restaurant in Florence. It is called Gucci Osteria and it is located in the central Piazza della Signoria. The location is surely one of the bests of the city because it is inside Palazzo della Mercanzia, built in the XV century. To delight the most demanding palates the chef Massimo Bottura takes care of. He is a 3 Michelin stars chef and his restaurant in Modena was named as the best in the world. The menu is various and really particular. Each recipe represents the meeting between tradition and innovation.

The ground floor of Palazzo della Mercanzia, between Palazzo Gondi and Palazzo Vecchio, is a prestigious welcome for the guests. The interesting aspect of Gucci Osteria is the presence in the building of the museum and of the boutique. It’s a full immersion in the Italian fashion. Plus there is the Maison archive, but this is not public. The Florence brand has chosen the best Italian cook of the moment from the Osteria Francescana of Modena. These elements indicate a very high level of the restaurant.

Gucci Osteria: the chef and its staff

Massimo Bottura is the number one of the world ranking filled by San Pellegrino 50 Best of 2017. In 2018 he got the second place. He manages this restaurant like the one in Modena, also thanks to a professional staff selected by him. Among the cooks who are helping him, there is Ana Karime Lopez Kondo. She is a young chef of Colombian origins. Her previous experience was in the restaurant Central in Lima, one of the bests of South America. She is married to Taka Kondo, sous chef of Bottura. Gucci Osteria is now her new kingdom because she is managing the kitchen for Bottura.

Gucci and Bottura met each other thanks to Marco Bizzarri, the manager of Gucci. He is one of the 20 most influential managers in the world. They were schoolmates and since 2017 they work together for Gucci Osteria creation. Fashion and food made in Italy are surely a great combination for success. If you are going to Florence you should reserve a table, just do it in advance, because it’s not so easy to find a free table. Famous and good restaurants in Italy are always fully booked. 

The menu of Gucci Osteria

The selection of dishes is quite big and it changes often, according to the season. And according to the creativity of the chef. The cost is not high, it’s well proportioned to the quality offered. You can choose among recipes proposed between 10 and 30 euro. About the food is really good and it includes typical local recipes like Chianina meat. Innovation is paired with contamination. You can easily find some South American influence and proposals. In the menu there is a lot of meat, but also fish is well represented.

In particular, in Gucci Osteria work on a mixture of ingredients. They get inspiration from Mexican, Japanese, and Italian recipes. You can find tortillas, ravioli, and Taka Buns. It’s like an experiment, but the results are really a success. This restaurant, using a French expression, can be defined as an “n-ni”. It isn’t a gourmet and neither a Bistrot, but guests can taste high-quality food, to have pleasure and fun, as the cooks said. They promised a love story between the restaurant and the tourists in Florence. To be tried.

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